30th Anniversary Book Remembrances

30th Anniversary Book Remembrances

DDG turns 30 on May 1st. We're not sure whether to count 2020 twice or not at all, so we're splitting the difference and going with once. One thing we do know how to count is our appreciation for our customers whose support has allowed us to survive not only for three decades, but also through over  a year of pandemic challenges. Thank you for your past and continued support of DDG.

As part of marking our 30th anniversary we are looking for Book Remembrances. What are they you ask? Here is what we are seeking:

a  book you got from us some time over the last 30 years which meant a great deal to you and why it did.

Send  your book remembrance to info@ddgbooks.com. All entries will be posted below and everyone who sends a remembrance will receive a special gift from the store.

The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

I love this book, and have both shared it with and described it to many people. It conveys so much meaning and emotion without using any recognizable words, and provides empathy and understanding to people trying to comprehend the immigrant experience. If it hadn't been at DD&G for me to peruse, I don't know that I ever would have encountered it.

Andrea Keirstead

Gertie's Leap to Greatness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250143747
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - April 3rd, 2018

There are so many books or moments that I recall, but I think the best story for Fit Girls is surrounding the book "Gertie's Leap to Greatness" and the amazing visit from Kate Beasley.  The story was super fitting for the Fit Girls summer camp, but even more exciting was the visit from the author all the way from Georgia.  This happened because of your outreach in the book world. The book is a great story about determination, resilience and kindness.  Thank you so much for all you do in this community to feed the minds and souls.  I am especially grateful for all you do for Fit Girls.

Deb Aseltine

The Worm Ouroboros Cover Image
By E. R. Eddison, Keith Henderson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780486447407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dover Publications - April 28th, 2006

How about books that traumatized us, like The Worm Ouroboros? Happy anniversary Kenny
SIobhan Senier

Answer: Just as long, Siobhan, as it is an experience such as yours has been with The Worm Ouroboros whose initial trauma has, through the thaumaturgy of time, been conveyed into a fond rapture.

Note: The Worm is an all time favorite epic fantasy, first published in 1922,  which no sensible person could ever be harmed by. It was my life mission when it went out of print in 1996, to see it back onour shelves, and I succeeded in that quest. I repeat, no one was harmed in the process.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By Mary GrandPré (Illustrator), J. K. Rowling
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

Harry Potter 1998
When I first learned about Harry Potter. I was looking for a Christmas book for Ben (then 13), and you suggested Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I recall you taking the book off the shelf and telling me that it was "all the rage" in England but it hadn't yet caught on in the U.S., and no one really knew about it here.

So I bought it - an unknown book. And what a hit! He couldn't put it down. The rest is history. You later sponsored some great HP parties at the bookstore! Remember how, when the next editions came out, kids used to line up on the sidewalk, waiting for you to open the door so they could get their next book? Quite a phenomenon!

Happy 30th Anniversary!  
Nancy Prentiss

SKU: 9780578412337
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

There have been many books over the years, including special orders. I appreciate the time Kenny and all the staff take to find a book, no matter how obscure.
But nothing tops the first time I saw a book that included my work, featured on the top of a bookcase. It was Balancing Act 2: An Anthology of Poems by Fifty Maine Women Poets.
It was the first time my poetry had been published, and seeing it in DDG made it real.
Thank you for supporting poetry, and the work produced by small press endeavors.

Skulduggery Pleasant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008248789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - May 1st, 2018

In the summer of 2019 our then 10-year-old son's reading really took off. We couldn't keep up. But he's also very picky, so it seemed no matter what we brought home, it wasn't quite right. He turned up his nose. It was getting pretty frustrating for everyone. Then we stopped into DDG (we are only occasional summer visitors, or we'd have stopped in sooner) and Kenny recommended a number of books - we bought the first book in about four different series - including Skulduggery Pleasant. Instant hit. We soon went back for books two and three, then four and five...Two years later, our son has all 13 books lined up on his dresser and he still reads them over and over. Now when he needs a new book recommendation, he emails Kenny - his most trusted book advisor - and we order whatever he suggests. Thank you for always being there for us, DDG. 
Hannah Harlow 

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385343497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

I read so many books -- including lots of excellent recommendations from Kenny and the crew at DDG -- it is hard to choose. But one of my all-time favorite discoveries was Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series, beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I love reading (and re-reading) this cozy mystery series starring precocious Flavia with her love of poisons and witty insights into murder, her insufferable sisters, the taciturn Dogger, and the assorted quirky residents of Bishop's Lacey. The absolute best part of living in Farmington is DDG!

- Laurie MacWhinnie

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By Mary GrandPré (Illustrator), J. K. Rowling
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

I remember walking into the store one day and seeing this book with an amazingly illustrated cover sitting on the counter. Kenny told me that it had just come out that day and that I needed to read it. I had no idea what it was, but I bought it, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I started reading it on my way back to campus, it was almost impossible to put down from page one. So began my love for a school I will never be able to attend and all the wonderful friends I've made, living through this seven year epic over and over again.

Happy 30th!!!

The Amulet of Samarkand (A Bartimaeus Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786852550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2004

One? How about Bartimaeus or Fablehaven or The Other Side of the Island or any of the countless incredible Y/A books I've added to my library or Night Circus or Dark Matter or Shadow Divers or the countless books that squeeze out my shelves at home and spill over in my classroom for my strongest readers? How about, as a remembrance, your guidance over the years, the paged paths you've guided me and my students down? How's that for a remembrance? With my greatest gratitude for all you do.


Big Bend Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582432571
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 27th, 2002

I turly can;t imagine your corner of Maine without DDG. A memory: the first time I went to DDG, I picked up Bill Roorbach's Big Bend in hardcover. Thanks for all you do!
Joshua Bodwell